As of now, Virgin Hyperloop One has been a promising future for transportation in the world.
The Hyperloop is still several years away from becoming widely available, but that didn’t stop the company from unveiling the current design of their hyperloop pod, as well as the mobile app that will allow people to schedule their trips.
This 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company has recently renamed Virgin Hyperloop One unveiled two products that show just how far the concept has come since its inception.
The most notable reveal was a detailed look at the first generation design of the pod that will be used to ferry people and cargo. Officially called the Virgin Hyperloop One XP-1 pod, it reached speeds of 387 kilometers per hour (240 mph) during the company’s third phase of testing.
Virgin Hyperloop One intends to begin construction on a hyperloop route in 2019, with full-scale production tests to follow in 2021. However, we still know very little about how passengers will book their trips once the pods become operational.
Also the company reveals that it will launch a mobile app that’s meant to “simplify and customize hyperloop trip planning.”
The app, set to release later this year, enables people to schedule and pay for their hyperloop trips ahead of time, as well as other forms of transportation such as public, private, and ride-sharing services. They can also tailor the app to show them only the fastest, cheapest, or greenest transportation options.
“We’re giving the public a taste of what a Virgin Hyperloop One experience will be like by publicly unveiling our pod and demonstrating how passengers will experience booking a hyperloop trip from their pocket,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, in one of his statement.
“Every hardware and software milestone brings us closer to commercializing hyperloop,” Lloyd added.